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MLS playoffs just cannot catch a break in New York

Nov 5, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

NY weather

Let’s keep this post in perspective: We are just talking about a soccer match here.

Obviously, with more than a million people in New York and New Jersey still without power, there is more to worry about here as a nasty wave of cold, blustery weather approaches the East Coast.

That said …

Man, the New York Red Bulls-D.C. United series just cannot catch a break.

Last week, as we know – D.C. United fans will darn sure let you know, if you don’t know – the match scheduled for Red Bull Arena needed relocation due to more serious challenges facing areas of New Jersey. No, it’s not ideal for D.C. United, which earned the right to host the second leg and its inherent edges, but this was the right thing to do. Sorry, D.C. United fans, you need to get past this one.

But now this? A big storm is bearing down on the East Coast, set to begin delivering more misery just about the time D.C. United is set to kick off Wednesday against the Red Bulls in Harrison.

Acccording to this report, the system will bring “strong winds, heavy rain, rough surf, and very chilly temperatures.” Arrival of the worst stuff, the howling winds, downpours and wind gusts of 50 mph: Wednesday night.

  1. novisaddude - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    They should postpone the match if the conditions get too rough. Since this is not a hurricane or something like that, they will probably leave it to be a game time decision, when they can evaluate the conditions on the field.

    MLS, however, appears to be extremely reluctant to postpone any matches in these playoffs. As stated, and witnessed in the recent past, DCU fans have quite a bit to say about that. While there were some pretty unreasonable cries coming from DC regarding the switch, I will reiterate my opinion (which, I think, can be applied to the majority of fans) that there was no intentional insensitivity toward the people living in the NY/NJ area. I simply felt that those two things, playoffs and the relief effort, should have been separated in a different manner than what the MLS did. In other words, postpone the matches until the conditions are back to normal for a game to be played. After all, these are the extraordinary circumstances and should be treated differently than a simple downpour rendering the pitch unplayable.

    Anyhow, not to beat the dead horse any more than I already have, hopefully the conditions will hold for the game, but if not, they should postpone it.

    • Steve Davis - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      It’s a tough call. I don’t completely disagree with you, but the playoffs are so compressed as it is. There’s just very little wiggle room here.

  2. berlintexas - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    It’s not insensitive, it’s just harsh reality. The Saints had to play a season on the road after Katrina and the Astros lost their 2008 playoff chances to Hurricane Ike. Take it from someone from hurricane country, it sucks, but that’s life. This is just a game. Play it in the freezing rain or play it the next day. Happens all the time.

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